Health
 Zambia
Project #6187

Project Mosquito Nets

by Power of Love Foundation
Vetted

Father’s day is June 19! Let us celebrate fathers everywhere by giving a gift of health to a family in Zambia. Your donation will help prevent malaria, keep vulnerable orphans and children healthy and allow them to attend school.

Location and Need: Power of Love’s malaria prevention program is located in Matero – one of the largest and poorest compounds in Lusaka Zambia. This community is characterized with a high rate of unemplyment and a high incidence of HIV, AIDS and malaria (co-infections rates between malaria and HIV are high). Most residents are poor and live on less than $2 per day – defined as extreme poverty by the UN.  

Malaria Prevention Day 2016: In order to reduce the incidence of malaria in Matero, we will be providing 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families next month. Direct beneficiaries will be 8,000 young children or 4000 adults as a net can sleep four young children or two adults. Over the last six years, our malaria prevention program has benefitted an estimated 35,200 children or 17,600 adults via the provision of 8,800 insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria. 

Next Steps: We are raising funds to provide 5000 nets before the next malaria season in 2017.  The need for nets continues to be huge as most families cannot afford to purchase a net. Also, the recent rise in prices of essential items due to a fall in the value of the Zambian Kwacha in 2015, is causing increased hardship for residents in our community. The current inflation rate in Zambia is 21% and families need more support to survive these difficult times.  

Thank you for helping us eradicate malaria in Zambia. 

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Happy Mother’s Day from our Zambian Families. This Mother's Day give a gift of health to a family in Zambia. Your ongoing support for our malaria prevention program keeps children malaria free, healthy and in school.

Malaria Prevention Day 2016: We will be providing 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria before the start of the next malaria season in 2016.

Impact: As a result of our malaria prevention program, we are seeing a reduced incidence of malaria and improved knowledge of malaria care and prevention in our community. In 2015 only two children out of 2000 beneficiary families contracted malaria, were treated, and are in good health.       

Is Malaria still a Problem? Globally, we lost 438,000 lives to malaria in 2015 even though this disease is easily preventable and curable. Children under five are especially vulnerable to malaria illness, infection and death and more than 800 children under five die of malaria every day. 

Our Solution: Every year before the start of the malaria season, we provide:

  • Long lasting insecticide treated nets children and families vulnerable to malaria
  • Education on prevention of malaria
  • Demonstration on the proper use and maintenance of nets.
  • Follow-up conversations to ensure nets are used and maintained properly.

Over the last six years, we have been able to provide 8,800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families in Zambia. These nets were used by an estimated 35,200 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) or 17,600 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). 

Why Nets? According to the WHO, sleeping under a mosquito bed net is one of the most effective means of preventing malaria and 90% of families with a bed net use it. Over the last two decades there has been significant progress made in reducing the incidence of malaria; but decreased coverage going forward can lead to a major insurgence of the disease.   

Why Zambia?: In Zambia, the need for nets is high as:

  • All areas are high malaria transmission areas. In our community many areas are water logged and a breeding ground for mosquitos.   
  • Vulnerability to malaria is high due to high incidence of HIV and TB: Malaria can be fatal for an HIV+ pregnant woman and it significantly compromises the health of children living with HIV.
  • Most people in our community of Matero live on less than $2 per day, defined as extreme poverty by the UN, and cannot afford a net.

Thank you for helping us eradicate malaria in Zambia. 

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Project Mosquito Nets, provides long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. The goal of this program is to keep vulnerable children and families free from malaria.

Impact of this Program 

In order to assess the impact of our malaria prevention program we interviewed 426 women beneficiaries last September. The goals of this study were to assess:

      i.            if the nets are being used every night,

     ii.            if the nets were maintained and stored as demonstrated during the malaria prevention day activities,

    iii.            if the beneficiaries had knowledge about re-treatment of nets, and

    iv.            if there was a decline in the incidence of malaria.

Results of the study: Based on our conversations with beneficiaries we concluded that:

(i) Nets are used every night. This is good as according to the World Health Organization, sleeping under a mosquito bed net is one of the most cost effective and easiest ways to prevent malaria.

(ii) Most beneficiaries have improved knowledge about the proper storage and maintenance of nets. Out of the 426 women interviewed, four did not know how to use the nets. These women were provided with another demonstration on the proper use and storage of nets. 

(iii) Most beneficiaries had information about re-treatment of nets which is required every six months and that this service is available free of cost via by Government agencies.

(iv) Each net is being used to sleep at least 2-3 children or two adults. This implies that our malaria prevention program benefits approximately 4000-6000 children or 4000 adults each year.

(v)  Most women had better knowledge about malaria prevention and symptoms of malaria.

(vi) Most nets were in good condition (not torn).

(vii) There is a reduced incidence of malaria in the community.

(viii) There are fewer missed days from school as a result of better health of the children.

Need for Nets

In Zambia: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicate that the nets distributed over the last 2-3 years are in good condition and are being used as directed. However, we need several thousand more nets as most residents of Matero cannot afford to purchase a net. The community of Matero, has a population of approx. 275,000 and most residents are poor (live on less than $2 per day) due to a high incidence of HIV and malaria, and unemployment rates upwards of 60%.

Globally: Globally, malaria is still a problem. There were an estimated 200 million cases of malaria and 600,000 deaths in 2013. Ninety percent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five in Africa. Malaria continues to claim over 400,000 children every year even though it is easily preventable and treatable. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malaria and it can be fatal for HIV+ pregnant women.

According to the World Health Organization, 90 percent of families with a bed net use it. However, in 2013 only 50% of families in sub-Saharan African slept beneath a mosquito bed net. This highlights a need to provide additional nets. Moreover, a decrease in the usage of nets can lead to a major insurgence of the disease and can reverse the gains achieved in preventing deaths due to malaria over the last several years.  

Request for funds for our next distribution of nets: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria before the next malaria season in 2016. A donation of $10 can prevent malaria for a family of four young children and two adults. Every little bit counts. Please donate generously as a family can be malaria free for just pennies per person.    

Thanks for your caring and dedication to keep children malaria free in Zambia. 

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The Power of Love team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and express thanks for your caring, encouragement, and support throughout the year. Your support has given the gift of health to thousands of children growing up in a community with a high incidence of malaria, and HIV. With your support, we were able to

1. Reduce the incidence of malaria and HIV co-infection by 98%.

2. Provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria. These nets have benefitted approximately 3500 children and 2000 adults as one net can sleep two adults and 3-4 young children.   

As a result of the reduced incidence of malaria in our community, the children show an improvement in their health, they are able to attend school, and live close to normal lives. We could not have reached any of our goals without you.      

Plans for 2016: We are planning to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia next year.

Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video in which our children are singing and playing a popular Zambian game called "Chiligogogogo chili paliwe". We are confident that this video will brighten your day. 

Have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and laughter!

Thank you!

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Thanks again for your support for Power of Love’s malaria prevention program in Zambia. As a result of your generosity we were able to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria last June. Your ongoing support has helped in keeping children malaria free, healthy, and in school. Over the last five years, we have been able to provide 8,800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to families in Zambia. These nets were used by an estimated 35,200 children (each net can sleep up to four young children) or 17,600 adults (each net can sleep two adults).

Impact of our Malaria Prevention Program

In order to assess the impact of our malaria prevention program we conducted a follow-up study in September 2015. The goal of this study was to assess (i) if the nets are being used every night, (ii) if the nets were maintained and stored as demonstrated during the malaria prevention day activities, (iii) if the beneficiaries had knowledge about re-treatment of nets, and (iv) if there was a decline in the incidence of malaria.

Results of the study: We interviewed 426 women beneficiaries and based on our conversation we concluded that:

(i) Nets are used every night. This is important as according to the World Health Organization, sleeping under a mosquito bed net is one of the most cost effective and easiest ways to prevent malaria.

(ii) Most beneficiaries had increased knowledge about the proper storage and maintenance of nets. Four grandmothers did not know how to use the nets and they were provided with another demonstration on the proper use and storage of nets. 

(iii) Most beneficiaries had knowledge about re-treatment of nets that is required every six months and that this service is available free of cost via by Government agencies.

(iv) Each net was being used to sleep at least 2-3 children or two adults. This implies that our malaria prevention program benefits approximately 4000-6000 children or 4000 adults each year.

(v)  Most women had better knowledge about malaria prevention and symptoms of malaria.

(vi) Most nets were in good condition (not torn).

(vii) There is a reduced incidence of malaria in the community.

(viii) There are fewer missed days from school as a result of better health of the children.

Need for Nets: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that the nets distributed over the last 2-3 years are in good condition and are being used as directed. However, we need several thousand more nets as most residents in our community live on less than a dollar a day and cannot afford to purchase a net.

Globally, malaria is still a problem as there were an estimated 200 million cases of malaria and 600,000 deaths in 2013. Ninety percent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and this disease is the leading cause of death for children under five. Over 400,000 children die needlessly every year from malaria which is easily preventable and treatable. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malaria.

According to the World Health Organization, 90 percent of families with a bed net use it. However, in 2013 only 50% of families in sub-Saharan African slept beneath a mosquito bed net. This highlights a need to provide nets to an additional 50% of the families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, a decrease in the usage of nets can lead to a major insurgence of the disease and can reverse the gains achieved in preventing deaths due to malaria over the last several years.  

Request for donations for our next Distribution of nets: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria before the next malaria season in 2016. A donation of $10 can prevent malaria for a family of four young children and two adults. Every little bit counts as a family can be malaria free for just pennies per person.      

Thanks for your caring and dedication to keep children malaria free in Zambia. 

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Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.poweroflove.org
Project Leader:
Alka Subramanian
Founder/Director
San Diego, CA United States
$26,820 raised of $30,000 goal
 
462 donations
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